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Odyssey — The Business of Consulting How to Build, Grow, and Transform Your Consulting Business Imelda K Butler and Dr Shayne Tracy Odyssey —The Business of Consulting How to Build, Grow, and Transform Your Consulting Business Odyssey—The Business of Consulting How to Build, Grow, and Transform Your Consulting Business Imelda K. Butler and Dr. Shayne Tracy CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group 6000 Broken Sound Parkway NW, Suite 300 Boca Raton, FL 33487-2742 © 2015 by Imelda K. Butler, Shayne Tracy CRC Press is an imprint of Taylor & Francis Group, an Informa business No claim to original U.S. Government works Version Date: 20150311 International Standard Book Number-13: 978-1-4987-2913-0 (eBook - PDF) This book contains information obtained from authentic and highly regarded sources. Reasonable efforts have been made to publish reliable data and information, but the author and publisher cannot assume responsibility for the validity of all materials or the consequences of their use. 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CCC is a not-for-profit organization that provides licenses and registration for a variety of users. For organizations that have been granted a photocopy license by the CCC, a separate system of payment has been arranged. Trademark Notice: Product or corporate names may be trademarks or registered trademarks, and are used only for identification and explanation without intent to infringe. Visit the Taylor & Francis Web site at http://www.taylorandfrancis.com and the CRC Press Web site at http://www.crcpress.com In remembrance of John Butler, founder and thought leader of Odyssey: The Business of Consulting worldwide. His legacy is respected by the many professionals who have benefited from knowing him personally and learning from his teachings and practices in the “big green book,” which was the original Odyssey MasterClass program. Thank you, John, for your strategic, insightful contribution, which has made a major difference in helping so many people worldwide to fulfil their purpose in life. Contents Welcome from the Authors...................................................................... xv Acknowledgments................................................................................... xix Introduction........................................................................................... xxiii 1 The Consultant’s Growth Path......................................................1 Four Levels of Consulting............................................................................1 The Good Soldier.....................................................................................2 The Competent Warrior...........................................................................3 The Trusted Advisor.................................................................................3 The Master Practitioner............................................................................3 The Learning Continuum.............................................................................3 The Learning Lenses................................................................................4 The Business Lenses................................................................................4 Communication and Team/Organization Dynamics...............................6 The Consulting Levels in Detail..................................................................8 Life as a Good Soldier.............................................................................8 Kicking It Up a Level.............................................................................10 Thinking Like Business People.............................................................11 Leaving a Legacy....................................................................................13 Odyssey in Action I...................................................................................13 WHIT MITCHELL, WORKING IN SYNC, HANOVER, NEW HAMPSHIRE The Trusted Advisor Breakthrough.......................................................13 Odyssey in Action II.................................................................................. 15 DR. SHAYNE TRACY, CEO, EXECUTIVE STRONG, ONTARIO, CANADA The Veterinarian That Never Was......................................................... 15 Chapter Summary......................................................................................18 Calls to Action............................................................................................18 Appendix I.................................................................................................21 Bibliography...............................................................................................21 vii viii  ◾  Contents 2 The Odyssey Arrow Value Engagement Process: Bringing Clarity to Client Needs................................................................23 Extrinsic and Intrinsic Factors...................................................................24 The Arrow Legend Explained...................................................................24 The Value Engagement Practices...........................................................24 The Value Integration Practices.............................................................25 The Ideal Client Profile: Who, What, When, Where, Why, How.............25 Who Is My Ideal Client Number 1 Category (IC1)?...............................25 What Is My Ideal Client Looking for?....................................................26 When Is My Ideal Client in the Market?................................................26 Where Do My Ideal Clients Find Me?....................................................26 Why Will My Ideal Clients Engage Me?.................................................26 How Will We Work Together?...............................................................26 Executive Briefing......................................................................................27 Our Story................................................................................................28 Meeting One...............................................................................................28 The M1 Questions—Step 1: Situation Analysis—Past, Present, Future.....................................................................................................30 The M1 Questions—Step 2: Clarifying Assignment Objectives...........31 The M1 Questions—Step 3: Establishing the Measures (Metrics) of Success and Value..............................................................................31 Add Questions Appropriately to Dig Deeper....................................31 The Discovery Audit..............................................................................32 Diagnostic Methods............................................................................32 The Problems Associated with Discovery.........................................34 The Benefits of Good Discovery.......................................................35 Meeting One Response Letter...................................................................35 Sample M1r Letter..................................................................................36 Meeting Two...............................................................................................38 Business Management Review..................................................................39 Sample BMR Setup E-mail.....................................................................40 The BMR in Action................................................................................42 Our Story................................................................................................42 ACP Engineering—BMR Report.............................................................43 Odyssey in Action I...................................................................................45 SERGIO MOTLES, SUMMIT CONSULTING, SANTIAGO, CHILE The Power of the BMR..........................................................................45 Contents  ◾  ix Odyssey in Action II..................................................................................47 DAN GROBARCHIK, EXSELL INC., GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN It Starts with Finding Ideal Clients........................................................47 A Note on Technology Support.................................................................49 Chapter Summary......................................................................................49 Calls to Action............................................................................................50 Bibliography...............................................................................................54 3 The Odyssey Arrow Integration Phases: Delivering Strategic Imperatives.................................................................................55 Recommendation.......................................................................................55 Laying the Groundwork for REC...........................................................55 The Century Management Case Study..................................................56 Macro Objectives................................................................................57 Micro Objectives.................................................................................58 The Recommendation............................................................................58 Phase 1: APC Competency—Communications and Teambuilding......59 Phase 2: APC Business—The Business of the Professional Practice...............................................................................................60 Phase 3: APC Strategy—Strategic Thinking and Planning...............60 Phase 4: APC Integration—Follow Up and Follow Through...........62 Organizational Development Intervention................................................62 Summary Evaluation Report......................................................................63 Odyssey in Action I...................................................................................64 RON PRICE, PRICE ASSOCIATES, BOISE, IDAHO It’s Not a Product, It’s a Partnership......................................................64 Odyssey in Action II..................................................................................65 TIM MALONEY, NEWPORT GROUP, ONTARIO, CANADA The Smartest Person in the Room.........................................................65 Odyssey in Action III.................................................................................69 PADRAIG BERRY, STRATEGIC ONEFOCUS, DUBLIN, IRELAND Slowing Down to Speed Up..................................................................69 Chapter Summary......................................................................................70 Calls to Action............................................................................................71 Bibliography...............................................................................................72 4 Applying a Client-Centered Value Strategy.................................73 Thoughts on Selling...................................................................................73 Consultative Selling....................................................................................74 x  ◾  Contents Traditional Consulting Model versus Value Creation Model....................74 Our Story....................................................................................................76 Eight Ways to Increase Your Consulting Revenues..................................78 Expand Your Client Base and Attract New Clients...............................79 Develop Longer-Term Retainer-Type Contracts.....................................79 Capitalize on Your Original Cost of Acquisition by Creating Passive or Parallel Product Income Streams.........................................79 Broaden Your Strategic Positioning: Sell Larger Assignments..............80 Justify Higher Fees by Creating Higher Perceived Value......................80 Improve Assignment Profit Margins: Focus on Ideal Clients and Solutions.................................................................................................80 Reduce the Cost of Client Acquisition...................................................81 Develop Strategic Partnering Relationships...........................................81 The Professional Service Firm...................................................................81 Distinctiveness of Professional Service Firms.......................................82 The Life and Times of 400 Consultants....................................................83 Six Consulting Perspectives.......................................................................84 Perspective 1: The Generalist and the Specialist..................................85 Perspective 2: Business or Profession?..................................................85 Perspective 3: The Nature of Consulting...............................................86 Perspective 4: Consulting Is Always Temporary...................................88 Perspective 5: The Purpose of Consulting............................................88 Perspective 6: How Do Consultants Intervene?....................................89 Odyssey in Action I...................................................................................91 MEL NELSON, PRESIDENT & CEO, EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS, FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA Letting the Client Lead the Way............................................................91 Odyssey in Action II..................................................................................92 JEAN ANN LARSON, MANAGING PARTNER, JEAN ANN LARSON & ASSOCIATES, DALLAS, TEXAS Building a New Consulting Business....................................................92 Chapter Summary......................................................................................94 Calls to Action............................................................................................95 Bibliography...............................................................................................96 5 The Business Behind Consulting...............................................97 Financial Intelligence.................................................................................97 The Odyssey Profit Drivers........................................................................98 Staff Profitability.....................................................................................99 A Consultant Danger Zone..............................................................100 Contents  ◾  xi Personal Profitability............................................................................100 Value Basics......................................................................................100 Client Profitability................................................................................. 101 Sales and Marketing Profitability......................................................... 102 Portfolio of Solutions Profitability........................................................ 102 Niche Market Profitability....................................................................103 Setting Client Fees and Value Billing......................................................104 Four Basic Categories of Fee Setting.......................................................106 Time......................................................................................................106 Fixed Fee..............................................................................................106 Retainer.................................................................................................106 Contingency Fees.................................................................................106 Results-Based Consulting......................................................................... 107 The Economic Buyer............................................................................ 107 The Consultative Relationship.............................................................108 The Value/Fees Proposition.................................................................108 Making Your Talent Work for You..........................................................109 Making the Client a Hero........................................................................ 110 Opportunities Abound............................................................................. 112 The Art and Science of Setting Fees in a Consulting Practice............... 113 The Client/Consultant Value Match......................................................... 115 Presence Creates Value............................................................................ 116 The Consultant as an Investor................................................................. 117 The Value of the Generalist and the Specialist....................................... 118 Specialize.............................................................................................. 118 Be Clear about Your Difference.......................................................... 118 Define Your Ideal Clients..................................................................... 119 Focus, Focus, Focus............................................................................. 119 Odyssey in Action I.................................................................................120 MARK DEBINSKI, BLUEWATER ADVISORY & BLUEWATER SEARCH, SYKESVILLE, MARYLAND Before You Do the Business, You’ve Got to Find It...........................120 Odyssey in Action II................................................................................ 121 VICKI LAUTER, MANAGING PARTNER, STRATEGIC HUMAN INSIGHTS, ATLANTA, GEORGIA The Test Comes When You Quote Your Price.................................... 121 Chapter Summary....................................................................................123 Calls to Action..........................................................................................123 Bibliography.............................................................................................125 xii  ◾  Contents 6 The Mind-Set Factor..................................................................127 Beyond the Mental Game of Consulting.................................................127 Converting Your Talents into Strategic Competencies............................129 The Odyssey Trusted Advisor Competency Model............................129 Defining Success as a Professional Advisor............................................129 Six Dimensions of Success...................................................................130 Measuring Your Success.......................................................................136 The Triple Mind: From Brain Power to Mind Power..............................137 The Four Dimensions of the Competent Consultant..........................138 Trustworthiness Defined......................................................................... 140 Ten Ways to Create Entrusting Relationships with Your Client.......... 140 Ten Ways to Create Distrusting Relationships with Your Client......... 140 Positive Psychology—Managing Your Potential and Possibilities.......... 141 Your Self-Concept and How It Affects Your Consulting Practice....... 142 Your Self-Ideal.................................................................................. 143 Your Self-Image................................................................................144 Your Self-Esteem...............................................................................144 Writing Your Personal Strategy................................................................ 145 A Word on Responsibility—A Consultant Obligation............................. 145 Invest in Yourself................................................................................. 146 Two Reasons People Do Not Take Full Responsibility....................... 147 Fear................................................................................................... 147 Absence of Courage......................................................................... 147 Eight Courage-Creating Principles.......................................................148 Consulting and Corporate Responsibility................................................148 Timeless Life and Consulting Principles.................................................. 149 The Timeless Principle of Cause and Effect........................................ 149 A Practical Example......................................................................... 151 The Timeless Principle of Belief.......................................................... 152 The Timeless Principle of Expectation................................................ 156 The Timeless Principle of Attraction...................................................160 Great Consulting Mind-Sets..................................................................... 161 Odyssey in Action I................................................................................. 161 KATHLEEN CALDWELL, CALDWELL CONSULTING GROUP, WOODSTOCK, ILLINOIS Making Change Stick........................................................................... 161 Odyssey in Action II................................................................................ 163 JOHN OAKES, CEO, SBL CONSULTING GROUP, REDDING, CALIFORNIA Contents  ◾  xiii Every Client Experience Is a Growth Opportunity............................ 163 Chapter Summary.................................................................................... 165 Calls to Action..........................................................................................166 Bibliography............................................................................................. 167 7 Odyssey Reflections..................................................................169 John Butler and Getting Out of Your Own Way.................................... 169 DR. SHAYNE TRACY, CEO, EXECUTIVE STRONG, ONTARIO, CANADA Nothing Happens until Somebody Does Something............................. 173 ART BOULAY, CEO, STRATEGIC TALENT MANAGEMENT, BRUNSWICK, MAINE Odyssey, the Rubicon, and Beyond........................................................ 176 CAROL RENAUD GAFFNEY, PhD, BEHAVIORAL INTELLIGENCE CONSULTANT® INTEGRATED BEHAVIORAL INTELLIGENCE SOLUTIONS™ LLC, BARRINGTON, RHODE ISLAND Changing Direction with Odyssey.......................................................... 178 MARCEL VAN DER WAL, HERMOSILLO, MEXICO Odyssey Helped Me to See Myself through the Fog..............................180 ANDREW YOSHIOKA, SANBONKI INC., ONTARIO, CANADA In Conclusion........................................................................................... 181 About Odyssey Consulting Institute...............................................183 About the Authors........................................................................... 193 Welcome from the Authors Welcome to Odyssey: The Business of Consulting Let me give you a brief background on how this book came about. The Odyssey concept was created in 2005 by Dave Bonnstetter, founder and CEO of Success Insights International; my husband John Butler, chairman of Century Management (who, sadly, passed away suddenly in 2010); and myself, managing director of Century Management. Our vision, at the time, was to build a premier global consulting organization, one that would empower consultants and those who aspired to be consultants to adopt the value-driven approach to consulting and go on to build successful and highly profitable consulting businesses. Odyssey Consulting Institute was established, and in the years that followed, it became the leading global organization for enabling strategic business advantage and transformation for consultants. Dr. Shayne Tracy from Mississauga, Canada, participated in the Odyssey process in 2010. His ethos, values, skills, and mission statement were a natural fit with everything we do at Odyssey. It was my pleasure and privilege to have Shayne join as advisor to and director of Odyssey Consulting Institute. Shayne’s collaboration has strengthened our expertise, position, and drive. Hundreds of consultants have now experienced the Odyssey process, both in peer group forums and in webinar formats, and many of these people have achieved amazing results personally and in their businesses as a result. Do not take my word for it, read what they have to say in the following pages. Our purpose and vision, together with the masterful results that so many Odyssey consultants have achieved, continue to energize the Odyssey concept and program. xv xvi  ◾  Welcome from the Authors Worldwide, professional practice and consulting firms are part of a $120 billion industry, with an estimated growth rate of 16% per annum. You only need a fraction of 1% of this market opportunity to build a successful professional services firm and to be wealthy as a partner or senior consultant. Whatever role you fill or hat you wear in this professional world, you will need to take three steps to become a successful Odyssey Consultant: ◾◾ First, make a decision to join the top 10% of your profession—in terms of expertise, financial independence, and how you build relationships and serve your clients. ◾◾ Second, learn how to become the best you can possibly be by applying best practice and leading edge techniques and methodologies to your interventions. ◾◾ Third, make a commitment to integrate proven best practices into your business. Odyssey: The Business of Consulting offers you a process and system which can assist you in fulfilling that step. I wish you success and happiness in the fulfilment of your purpose in life. Imelda K. Butler Odyssey: The Business of Consulting Is a Process Not an Event Hundreds of people from all over the world have experienced Odyssey in one form or another over the last ten years. We have found that each person’s experience with Odyssey is unique to them. But no matter what your personal journey, no matter where you start from, everyone gains value from the process. I would like to acknowledge the Odyssey graduates who committed to changing the way they run their consulting businesses. I applaud their success. Your experience with this book will most likely start with a significant paradigm shift. As you embark on your Odyssey journey, you will begin to view your consulting “self” and how you are running your professional services business differently. It takes time to internalize the methodologies and adopt them as your own. Nothing happens overnight. It takes dedication to continue the process Welcome from the Authors  ◾  xvii of implementing the Odyssey approach over many months and years. My challenge to you is to take what you read and put it into action. You are not alone on this journey; many others like you have experienced their own Odyssey before you. A better future for you and your business lies in store. Dr. Shayne Tracy
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